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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #240 on: June 25, 2020, 05:50:00 PM »
Very nice home and great craftsman ship.
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #241 on: July 08, 2020, 07:08:38 AM »

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Man am I happy with our progress! I spent 2 weeks in the middle of April and have been going back up Thursdays through Sundays since. My local guys are true craftsmen.

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #242 on: July 13, 2020, 06:32:06 AM »
The roof is on!
There's still a lot of trim and such but all of the big pieces are down.
We had a pretty big storm Saturday evening and all was dry under the roof.
I'm a happy guy. Were also working on the basemen doors and starting to hang angle iron to hang the garage doors on. Slow but steady progress.


 
That's Brian the main roofing dude at the rear peak. He's finishing up the shed roof over the loft deck. I'm really looking forward to sitting up there.

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #243 on: July 13, 2020, 08:24:26 AM »
Jon, What area of WVA is your cabin?
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #244 on: July 13, 2020, 01:06:00 PM »
I'm in the eastern panhandle of West (by God) Virginia. I'm on the west side of Cacapon mountain with Berkeley Springs on the east side. Route 9 west from Berkeley Springs to the town of Paw Paw is an incredible scenic ride... but watch out for deer! I hit on e on my motorcycle 3 weeks ago. Amazingly I didn't go down but it did over $5,000 in damage to the bike.
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« Reply #245 on: July 13, 2020, 01:28:16 PM »
There's a really nice golf course there.  Designed by Robert Trent Jones.  Beautiful area!  

Just a side note - There used to be a business located right across the road from the main entrance that sold all kinds concrete yard stuff - fountains, statues, flamingos, whatever.  (Wonder if they are still there?) One day a friend of mine and I stopped there after leaving the golf course and he bought a full size, concrete Labrador Retriever.  It still sits on his front porch, painted black with eyes and mouth painted appropriately.  Named it "ReadyMix".  Weighs about 150 lbs.  No point to that story, just came to mind when you mentioned Cacapon.

Really admiring your new home and enjoying following the process.

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« Reply #246 on: July 13, 2020, 04:41:14 PM »
The roof looks great. 8)
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« Reply #247 on: July 14, 2020, 08:27:38 AM »
I'm in the eastern panhandle of West (by God) Virginia. I'm on the west side of Cacapon mountain with Berkeley Springs on the east side. Route 9 west from Berkeley Springs to the town of Paw Paw is an incredible scenic ride... but watch out for deer! I hit on e on my motorcycle 3 weeks ago. Amazingly I didn't go down but it did over $5,000 in damage to the bike.
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« Reply #248 on: July 14, 2020, 10:12:07 AM »
There's a really nice golf course there.  Designed by Robert Trent Jones.  Beautiful area!  

That golf course is in Cacapon state park. I am directly over the mountain from there. As the crow flies it's a couple of miles straight over, but you have to drive around so it takes about 20 minutes.
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« Reply #249 on: July 28, 2020, 06:45:43 AM »
The heat and humidity have been brutal! We are working on the garage doors, each door will be 10' high and 7.5' wide with 2 in each opening. They will swing out like barn doors.
Because I will be adding a rock face to my block foundation I had to get the doors out 6" so we are installing these 6x14 pillars to mount the doors to. Wayne, my GC, is also building a 5' shed roof over the doors. The plan is that when we get these doors up the basement will be closed in and we will then build the stairs up into the main house. There's too many critters wandering in to put the stairs in now.


 
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« Reply #250 on: July 28, 2020, 06:56:15 AM »
My buddy Dave is practicing with his drone. Most of his videos end in a crash, it's kind of his signature ending. He's an IT guy and started a Youtube channel for me called Harzer Built. Here's a flyover that doesn't end in a crash but almost.

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« Reply #251 on: July 28, 2020, 07:54:33 AM »
Very nice build!  Working on rough ins?

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #252 on: July 28, 2020, 08:41:46 AM »
The drone.  :D :D
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« Reply #253 on: August 21, 2020, 05:00:21 PM »
Jon anymore updates? You been able to keep the critters at bay?
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« Reply #254 on: August 24, 2020, 10:52:47 AM »
Progress!! It's a wonderful thing.

The garage doors are up.

 

I just couldn't find hinges heavy enough to hold a 275lb door so I have been fabricating them. First I didn't get all of them done in time. I needed 16, 4 for each door. So we stood them up and tacked them in place. Then it turns out my welds were bad. I was using a wirefeed and had the polarity reversed so I just wasn't getting penetration. My welds were barely stuck to the surface. I figured out my problem, thank you youtube, and will be taking the last of them up this weekend. They are 19" overall.



 

Meanwhile, the stairs from the basement are in. They put on temporary treads because I want to make some nice
1 3/4" thick red oak treads to be installed after the heavy construction is done.

 

and they are working on the stairs up to the loft.

 

They will start basically where that pile of lumber is in the lower left, run up to a landing then turn and run to the right up to another landing that goes into the loft.

It kills me not to be there while so much great work is going on.
I'll be retiring at the end of October but were going to shut down for hunting season by then. These guys take their hunting seasons serious.

I still don't have a layout for my main level but I'm not worried. It is slowly evolving. I know where a couple of doors are going but I'm just not settled on the whole kitchen, living room, bedroom layout. So pretty much the whole thing is still a blank slate.

Jon 
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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #255 on: August 24, 2020, 01:03:14 PM »
Looks great!  I like your hinges.   Richards-Wilcox makes some that would work, but when you saw the price, you would probably have fabricated them anyway.

They even make huge stainless steel, ball bearing ones for Zoo's.

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Re: Building my Retirement Home or "My First 5 Year Plan"
« Reply #256 on: August 24, 2020, 07:52:21 PM »
You will be flush with stairs. 
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« Reply #257 on: August 24, 2020, 08:40:11 PM »
Thanks Jon, really enjoy watching this build! A new house, AND, retirement  8)! That's a win-win
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« Reply #258 on: August 24, 2020, 08:46:47 PM »
Nice hinges! Do you have more pics of the building process for them?
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« Reply #259 on: August 25, 2020, 09:08:58 AM »
Nice hinges! Do you have more pics of the building process for them?
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I'm sorry I don't. I had planned on doing a Diresta style video but just ran out of time.
Here's how I made them.
 If you can weld a little they are not hard. I used 3/16 flat iron for the wings. The wings that go on the doors are 3" wide with a 2" wide piece on top, 14" long. The wing that gets screwed to the frame is 6hx5w" giving me lots of area to screw into the oak post. I should have staggered the holes. I bought most of the metal from a metal supplier near me. The knuckles are a 3/8 rod for the pin with a metal tube that they fit in. I bought this from a big box store, the rod and tubes were right next to each other. I cut the rod slightly over 6" then cut the tube into 2, 1.5" pieces and 1, 3"piece.
Assembly:
 on the pin I slide a 1.5" tube then the 3" then another 1.5" and peen the ends of the pin a little to keep it all together. Using magnets I line them up on the edge of the 6" side of the wing and weld the 2, 1.5" tubes to it. Then I line up the 3" wing and weld it to the 3" tube. I grind this weld back a little bit and then lay the 2" wing on top of the 3" wing and weld it down. All along making sure everything is plumb and square.
 My welding isn't very pretty but I can make stuff stick together... usually.
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